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MiracleMaxVictoria British Columbia CanadaSince October 27, 20145 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Ocean Garden568 Fisgard Street, Victoria
Quick place to grab a Lunch or Dinner
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I have been going here for a few years now, and to be honest my experience is always a hit and miss.

One day it's good, the next it's so, so.

For $10 bucks, I generally grab a lunch combo and drink a pot of Chinese tea (which is complimentary)

The staff are quite friendly and service is prompt, however often I have an issue with the freshness and or appearance of the food on my plate.

I have had my food brought to me with little bits of food that are NOT part of my combo clearly visibly mixed into it. Which I hate to say it, but leads me to suspect they are scraping left-over food off of other customers plates that go back to the kitchen into back into the prepped items to save on food waste.

Also I have also had the plate come to me almost cold on a few occasions.....even when I am one of the only people in the restaurant. And last time I visited the Broccoli was extremely BITTER. So Bitter, I couldn't eat it.

When I let the staff know about these inconsistencies they just kind of shrug their shoulders and say a quick 'Sorry" but they do not offer a reduction on the bill, and do not seem very interested in bringing my concern to the kitchen staff.

That all being said.......6 out of 10 times my food is HOT, tastes fresh, comes generally under 10 minutes from when I order it and I am satisfied with the window views and the complimentary tea.

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Szechuan City Restaurant & Buffet110 East Burnside Rd, Victoria
Great Selection, But Bery Dirty!
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I have been going to this place off and on for a few years now, and for the most part it's a decent place to eat, but poor in cleanliness.

The main reason I still go once in a while is because of the variety of items that they have in their buffet that I have not seen at other Chinese Buffet's.

They have an endless supply of Wings, Ginger fried beef, Szechuan styled ribs, egg foo young, chow-mein, wonton soup, Spicy udon styled noodles, mushroom & bell pepper mix, fried fish, chicken, Broccoli Beef, sweet 7 sour pork, Pork dumplings, mixed vegetables, spring rolls, a couple of western selections like onion rings and tater-tots, and one of my fav's is the Salt & Pepper squid. Most places can't get the squid to turn out right, but Szechuan City manages to get it just perfect. It's lightly battered and fried, soft in texture (not chewy like most places) and has a perfect salt & pepper balance to give it that yummy flavor. They also have a desert section and self serve soft drink, tea and coffee machines.

Now, the downside to this establishment is it is not a CLEAN looking place. It's small (Probably seats about 60) the drink glasses (Made of plastic) are always dirty (as if the dishwasher does not rinse properly) and the bathroom is the filthiest bathroom I have every gone into.....EVEN at opening time. It's so dirty as a matter of fact in the bathroom that I am afraid to even touch the tap to turn the water on because it's covered in slime....as are the walls, soap and paper towel dispenser.

So to Sum it up........great food (only gotten upset tummy from it once), good variety of food to choose from, great friendly service, good value, but in the sanitation department and cleanliness department they get a great big "F"

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Cherries Breakfast Bistro4144 Wilkinson Road, #3, Victoria
Popular Breakfast Place Tries A Unique Way To Serve Customers
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

This morning I decided to go and try out this Cherry's place as I have heard quite a bit about it. When I got there at 9am it was very busy and almost full to capacity. I quickly observed that this place was different than any other breakfast restaurant I have been to, by the fact that you walk in pick up a menu yourself, then place your order at the front counter and pay for it before you even sit down.

After you place your order the counter clerk gives you a plastic piece of fruit or a plastic vegetable to put on your table, so they know where to bring your food when it is ready. You then proceed to get your own napkins, cutlery, and condiments , and even get your own coffee. They don't have ketchup bottles on the tables, or napkins, and you simply grab these extra large ketchup packs before you sit down.

There is plenty of seating and it is a fairly big establishment (estimate seating for around 60)

Because it was a busy place, I waited for about 25 minutes before my food finally arrived to my table.

I ordered the make your own omelet option from the menu where they charge a base rate of $8.95 for a 3 egg omelet, and then you pick each of the ingredients that go into it for an addition charge of 95 cents to a 1.25 per ingredient depending on what it is. I chose, mushrooms, feta, ham, and chorizo sausage, and it came out to $13.50 with tax (which is decent price)

When my food arrived it was a large and generous portion of food. The omelet was so stuffed with huge chunks of feta, tons of ham, and chorizo sausage, and mushrooms that they were bursting out of the omelet and onto the plate. It was served with 3 pieces of toast, and a side of Herbed grilled potatoes. The potatoes were not chunks, or hash brown style, but instead they were baby potatoes thinly sliced into little circular discs seasoned with oil, basil, and other herbs. They were actually quite good.

The Omelet was delicious and full of flavor.

Overall, I give the food a solid rating as it wasn't anything spectacular....yet it was very satisfying and well prepared and the presentation was good.

The service I give a Mediocre rating based on the fact that the only time you see a waitress is when she comes to bring you your plate. You do the rest. You get your own menu yourself, you pay for your food before you get it instead of after you are done, you have to get your own coffee and you have to keep getting up to get your own refills, you have to get your own napkins and cutlery, and you have to get your own ketchup. So there is very minimal table service........But I guess they are trying to be different then everyone else.

The Ambience I give a solid rating as the place is neat in appearance, has plenty of seating, and the fact that so many people were there usually indicates the place is a hit.

Attached to the main restaurant is the NEW Cherry's express where you can buy muffins, coffee, tea, ice-cream, waffles, and fudge.

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Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant3600 Uptown Boulevard, #123, Victoria
Good food, good value, but issue with staff appearance
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2014 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I have eaten here many times and had the lunch buffet as it is a great deal. It is full of yummy tasty North Indian dishes, and keeps you full for hours, as it is a heavy style of food.

I have at times noticed some questionable sanitation issues around the handling of utensils by restaurant staff, and have had unclean drinking glasses on a few occasions. The serving staff are friendly, well dressed, and clean in appearance.

However there is one younger female staff member who works in the kitchen who often comes out in front of all the customers wearing a filthy dirty old t-shirt and these old baggy stained jogging pants. She handles the food and brings out the replacement items for the buffet as needed and at times has even served customers water and bread. She often wipes her nose in front of the customers with her bare hands, coughs openly over the buffet food, and in general is just very dirty in her appearance and how she works in front of the customers.

At first I thought she was just out in front of the customers because someone didn't show up for work, but each time I went back she was there dressed in the exact same dirty old jogging pants and old stained t-shirt. So the owners of the establishment are clearly making the decision to have her come out in front of the customers.

Based on this..........Even though the food is delicious and the value is excellent, I simply have not been able to return in months. For me clean staff means a clean kitchen. Dirty staff means a dirty kitchen.

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Grilligan's310 St Lawrence Street, Victoria
Bad Santitaion Practices In Front Of Customers & Cold Mini Donuts
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:57am [Take-out]

Grilligan's is a little BBQ/Mini Donut shack located on the famous Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria.

The first thing you notice about this little place is it's neat exterior appearance. However you soon notice the man who runs the take-out stand because he does not appear to be clean or tidy in his personal appearance. His clothes look dirty and he where's an old dirty looking ball cap.

Then when I watch him serve customers, he does not wash his hands prior to serving them, nor does he wear any sort of sanitary gloves.

His main attraction is mini-donuts. But he does not serve them fresh to the customer per say, but allows them to sit for long periods of time under a small heat lamp bulb. I witnessed him go from handling cash to preparing a bag of donuts for a customer. He did not wash his hands or take any sanitary measures prior to sticking his hand all the way into a white paper donut bag to open in up before using tongs to put donuts into it.

I did take the risk about a month ago to try his mini donuts, and even though he stuck his dirty unwashed hand inside the paper bag before filling it up.......I was starving and wanted to see if they were any good. They were cold, and I could tell the oil they were cooked in was dirty and old by the flavor of the donuts.

Based on what I witnessed on several occasion visiting Fisherman's Wharf, I personally will not give my business to this establishment based on the plainly and openly visible poor food handling practices demonstrated by the man who works/owns it.

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